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Biochem people on the move

I’ve been seeing a lot of movements within renewable chems within the past several weeks… Sam Kratzer has joined BioBased Technologies as the company’s chief operating officer. Kratzer comes to BioBased Technologies® most recently from Archway Sales where he was director of marketing. Archway is a distributor of Agrol® polyols, one of the products developed […]

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Is bio-based BDO for real?

This is an article from ICIS Chemical Business published on May 16 and written by ICIS colleague Brian Balboa. Brian handles the ICIS pricing report on US butanediol (BDO) and he was able to talk to his contacts in the industry about bio-BDO and what they think about its developments. ———————————————   The debate over […]

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Bio-butanol patent fight continues

The blog has been following the biobutanol patent issues between Butamax and Gevo since August 9. Last week, however, Gevo announced its request to the US Patent and Trademarked Office (USPTO) to invalidate Butamax’s patent 7,851,188 issued on December 2010, which covers biocatalysts that Butamax developed to produce isobutanol. Gevo is also filing a second […]

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Calling consultants out there!

The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership contacted me if I know any consultants out there that are interested in their project below. The truth is I don’t really know who to recommend so I’m going to give everybody their chance to contact the group — just don’t contact me on this unless you want to say thanks […]

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Bioplastics – Hot in Italy?

Is the global bioplastic industry already benefiting from plastic bag ban in Italy? US-based Cereplast thinks so as it currently goes through its construction plans of a 100,000 tonne/year bioplastic facility in Assissi (Cannara), Italy. “After exploring possible sites in several countries in Europe, we identified a central location in Italy, where we have established […]

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Biobased chemicals article on NPRA supplement

It is interesting to note that the petrochemical industry is now interested in learning more about renewable-based chemicals alternatives as seen on this year’s International Petrochemical Conference supplement commissioned by the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) for distribution at their annual meeting this week in San Antonio, Texas. The NPRA picked ICIS to do […]

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Green blogger on jury duty

The green blogger will be doing her patriotic duty and hopefully will have internet access while doing so. Not yet sure when I’ll be back online but in the meantime I found this hilarious blog on ways to spice up the jury duty selection process… This is the green blogger’s first time attending the selection […]

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50 Best Blogs for Green Business Students

I am still working on the Weekly News Roundup including a separate Biofuel News roundup but in the meantime, I want to acknowledge BSchool.com, an online MBA school information and resources, for including Green Chemicals blog in its list of 50 Best Blogs for green business students. Not sure if the blog has been included […]

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CM&E Green Chemistry Panel in March

I guess I have to eventually show my non-caricature face to the public and get out more from my glorious blogging anonymity. I am excited to announce (although I am also nervous to do this for the first time) that I will be co-moderating a Green Chemistry Panel Discussion/Webcast on March 3 hosted by the […]

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Cereplast to expand in Europe

I’ve been wondering who has the most active press communications based on press release announcements among the companies that I’ve previously covered. Amyris and Cereplast seem neck and neck but I’m betting on Cereplast. The blog received 3 announcements the past two weeks alone. The biggest one is the company’s plans to open a manufacturing […]

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